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FORCES JOINED: Alicia Piazza, left, and Nicole Eller combined their strengths in social media marketing to form The Spark Social Inc. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Marketing merger was sparked by social event

Nicole Eller and Alicia Piazza were introduced at a networking event, and it didn’t take long for them to realize they shared a strong...
TAILORED CARE: Physical therapists Karl Busch, left, and Peter Dionisopoulos, owners of Dynamic Performance & Rehab in Johnston, opened their own practice so they can treat clients with more time and individual care. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

They’re the dynamic duo of physical therapy

A strong desire to work for themselves and treat clients with more time and individual care prompted Peter Dionisopoulos and Karl Busch to open...
NEXT LEVEL: Divine Barre owner Ali Bramhall teaches a ballet-inspired exercise class known as barre at her Providence studio. She prides herself on the studio being welcoming and judgement-free. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Providence fitness student raises the barre

When barre took the fitness world by storm, Ali Bramhall was ready. The low-impact, ballet-inspired exercise class was a natural progression for the former-dancer-turned-certified-personal-trainer. After...
DO-IT-YOURSELFER: Nishan Han wants to grow industrial hemp in Rhode Island to provide products for his CBD shop in Newport. / COURTESY MIA CAMPOPIANO PHOTOGRAPHY

CBD store has plans to produce its own stock

Nishan Han hopes to plant his first hemp crop this spring and to harvest it by fall. If his plans are successful, Han, the CEO...
PEDDLING HIS GOODS: Brian Leosz bakes his products in the Olneyville section of Providence and takes them by bike across the city to be sold. / COURTESY MARIANNE LEE PHOTOGRAPHY

Baker delivers croissants à la bike cart

Brian Leosz had a sweet tooth as a child and an aunt who baked. This was the foundation of a sweet career in croissants. Leosz...
CREATIVE OUTLET: In her spare time, Krystal Amaral, a full-time attorney, makes and sells custom-designed jewelry through her Tiverton store, Created Purpose. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Tiverton shop a chance to display artsy side

Twisting wire into jewelry offered Krystal Amaral a creative outlet during her time in law school. Now an attorney, Amaral is still making jewelry –...
KEEPING TRACK: Dr. Ian Madom has co-founded a company named MY MOC Inc. that administers an online platform called MOCingbird to help doctors keep track of their license and education ­requirements. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Online platform helping keep doctors in good standing

Dr. Ian Madom knew his medical license was due for renewal in the spring of 2018, but a required eight hours of opioid training...
ACCOUNTABLE: Dolly Towne is the owner of Bookkeeping Towne LLC, in East Providence, which specializes in accounting and bookkeeping for food services. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

She’s crunching numbers on a smaller scale

After more than 15 years in corporate bookkeeping, Dolly Towne decided to bow out when she had her first child. But she soon missed...
GAME KEEPERS: Courtney Price, left, and Sadie Price opened Good Game Grill on Weybosset Street in Providence in September. The café has more than 200 board games available to patrons. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

At Good Game Grill, it’s all fun and board games

Coffee, pastries and a side of Scrabble has long been the model of the increasingly popular board-game café scene, born out of the Toronto-based...
DECOR DUO: Designer Tony Vene­tucci, right, opened AV Home Collection in Newport in June with his sister Lisa Abadie, left, also a designer, after being given the opportunity by manufacturer A&B Home Inc. to design his own home-decor collection about seven years ago. / COURTESY AV HOME COLLECTION

By design, Ventucci returned to retail with Newport home-décor store

When A&B Home Inc. offered Tony Venetucci the chance to design his own home-decor collection about seven years ago, he didn’t hesitate. Getting back to...

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